Events This Week
In the decadent scene of the Paris underground, worldly courtesan Violetta Valery finds true love for the first time—the young, romantic Alfredo Germont. But when she attempts to escape the life that has been slowly—and literally—killing her, she finds her world just won’t let her go. Verdi brings to life the bittersweet human quest for love and redemption with signature style and masterful musical power. Trust us…there’s a reason this one’s a fan-favorite.
Nashville House Concerts is a music variety show at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. This unique experience is hosted each month by Sirius XM radio personality Storme Warren, which features a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, accomplished songwriters, and more. Every show includes musical performances, imaginative interviews and unpredictable fun. Performers on Thursday, October 4 include Scotty McCreery, Warren Brothers, Paul Overstreet, Even Stevens, and The Shindellas. Nashville House Concerts take place on the first Thursday of each month through June 2019.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
LOCATION: INDUSTRIOUS NASHVILLE - GULCH AND ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN LOCATIONS; $10 - $100
The International Black Film Festival is an energetic three and half days filled with world premieres, studio and independents films, daily red carpets, and a film competition. Plus, workshops and panels with top industry executives, entertainment, great food, parties and more. Three downtown venues are hosting events during this year's festival: Industrious Nashville - Gulch, Woolworth on 5th, and Acme Feed & Seed.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
LOCATION: TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FREE
The new Tennessee State Museum, on the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, will open to the public at 1:30 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Grand opening events will take place throughout the weekend. The Museum includes a "Tennessee Time Tunnel" chronicling the state's rich history and leading visitors though the Museum's permanent collection, a hands-on children's gallery, six rotating galleries, a state-of-the art digital learning center and a two-story Grand Hall. Exhibitions include significant artifacts related to the state's history, along with displays of art, furniture, textiles, and photographs produced by Tennesseans.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: L27 ROOFTOP LOUNGE FREE
Located on the rooftop of The Westin Nashville, L27 is hosting a live music concert series, 27 Live, to occur the first Thursday of the month from May through October. Featuring one DJ and one musical artist performing at each event, the evening will begin at 7 pm. The series is free to the public, but space is limited. DeRober & The Half-Truths will perform on Thursday, October 4.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: 5 PM - MIDNIGHT; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: NOON - MIDNIGHT
LOCATION: VON ELROD'S BEER GARDEN & SAUSAGE HOUSE $15 - $40
Nashville’s favorite beer garden and sausage house will ring in its one-year anniversary with German fare, Bavarian food, steins of beer, giveaways, costume contests and a musical lineup of more than a dozen artists, including Nappy Roots, the Ying Yang Twins, Kid Politics, Sparkle City Disco and more. The eatery—best known for its world-class beer selection, hand-cranked sausages and sprawling beer garden—will host its three-day, pre-Oktoberfest street party from October 5 through October 7. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance or for $20 at the door. Von Elrod’s is also offering exclusive swift entry tickets—$30 in advance or $40 at the door—which include access to a separate entrance, dedicated bathrooms, a commemorative stein and re-entry.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 3 PM AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2 PM;
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL $48.13 - $105
If you are ready to breakaway from reality and enjoy a rad weekend filled with great music, then head down to Breakaway Nashville as it expands its festival in Nashville from October 5 - 6. The festival will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Get ready for a spectacular weekend filled with live performances from well known artists, food trucks, and local vendors, you don’t want to miss out!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11 AM, 3 PM, 7:30 PM; AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2 PM, 6 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM $15 - $28
The Al Menah Circus originated in 1944 from a desire to furnish the Nobility and their families, community, and underprivileged children of Middle Tennessee with an opportunity for good, fun entertainment. The circus also allowed Al Menah Shriners to raise the revenue needed to maintain the civic programs started by its members. The annual show has been excited and entertained more than 3,000,000 spectators, and we continue to produce the Saturday Matinee Show for underprivileged and special needs children at the expense of the Nobility and sponsors. This time-honored tradition of the Al Menah Shrine Circus will continue for many years to come.
Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. See this month's gallery map. Be the first to see how we "Light Up the Arts" at this art crawl. Participate in Woolworth's Silent Disco on 5th Avenue. Enjoy live music by jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins and harmonica player Tim Garland. Participate at the Plaza Live Art Station and make some art. Get your photo made at the International Black Film Festival's photo booth. National Museum of African American Music artist Christian Green will be doing live art. Plus, Parnassus' book mobile, Peggy, will be parked on 5th. Two Gray Line Art Crawl Downtown Trolleys will provide complimentary shuttle service along the route from 6 pm - 10 pm. You can purchase parking in advance here. Volunteers are needed for this month's crawl, sign up here if you are interested.
Please note: road closure associated with this event. The southbound lane on 5th Avenue North (Church Street to Union Street) will be closed beginning as early as 3 pm and ending as late as 10 pm on Saturday, October 6.
Participating galleries and points of interest on this month's crawl include:
21c Museum Hotel
221 2nd Avenue North. 615-610-6400. 24/7. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
2nd Avenue Art Wall
185 2nd Avenue North. 24/7. Free.
The Alley Running Perpendicular to 21c
Featuring "Taking Flight" by Herb Williams. 24/7. Free.
Art at The Music City Shop
501 Broadway. 615-259-4747. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Andy Anh Ha Gallery
83 Arcade. 615-668-7598. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
The Arts Company
215 Avenue North. 615-254-2040. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
79 Arcade. 615-852-7009. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Blue Fig Editions
56 Arcade. 615-942-9844. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Building Number 9
57 Arcade. 615-983-0400. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
64 Arcade. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography
64A Arcade. 615-308-7751. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Downtown Presbyterian Church's Browsing Room Gallery
154 5th Avenue North. 615-254-7584. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Downtown Presbyterian Church's Sanctuary
154 5th Avenue North. 615-254-7584. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for one-night-only exhibit information.
Erabellum Artisan Co-Op
61 & 63 Arcade. 615-601-1568. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery
224 5th Avenue South. 615-577-7711. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
73 Arcade. 615-567-3702. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
58 Arcade. 615-495-1120. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
42 Arcade. 615-416-2537. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
64 Arcade. 615-977-6918. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Rogue Gallery 77
77 Arcade. 615-424-8932. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 615-752-6030. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
The Studio 208
208 3rd Avenue North. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
66 Arcade. 615-498-3320. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
237 5th Avenue North. 615-255-7816. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
59 Arcade. 615-521-2632. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
75 Arcade. 954-274-0178. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Wolf and Crow Gallery
44 Arcade. 615-336-0001. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
69 Arcade. 615-527-7970. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 6 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL
The 7th annual Nashville Whiskey Festival will feature a grand tasting event on Saturday, October 6. The event will include approximately 60 distilleries pouring more than 300 of their finest bottles of whiskey, bourbon, scotch and rye from all over the world. Plus, live music, great food, and more. VIP tickets include an extra hour of crowd-free tasting and exclusive product pours and swag.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, ADOPTIONS: 10 AM - 2 PM; BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: NOON
LOCATION: CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY FREE
In celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis, Church of the Holy Trinity will host a pet blessing service. Whether you have a pet, are looking to adopt one, or just love animals, come and join in the celebration and blessing of all animals, domesticated and otherwise. Family pets, service animals, farm animals, come one, come all. Stop by the Parish Hall before or after the service. You will find furry friends that long for love and a place to call home. Note: all animals must be leashed or in a secured carrier for the safety of all. Pet costumes optional.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9 AM - NOON
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE FOR WALKERS. $25 FOR RUNNERS.
The 27th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is a family-friendly event that has raised more than $3 million to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. On October 6, hundreds of supporters will gather in Public Square Park to bring awareness and celebrate all of the great work of Nashville CARES. Participation is easy: start a fundraising team, join an existing team, or fundraise on your own! Compete against your friends, family and colleagues to see who can raise the most money.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1 PM - 2 PM
LOCATION: THE MUSEUM STORE
Join Becky Brown, author of Going Our Way, on Saturday, October 6 for a book signing. Her book is a story, a story of living with a gentle giant, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was kind, generous, and very slow to anger. This is a story about love, perseverance, and how love conquers all. Becky Perry Brown was married for fifty-four years to country music legend, Jim Ed Brown, member of The Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years, and a member of The Country Music Hall of Fame.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, NOON - 6 PM
LOCATION: CITY WINERY $35 - $50
City Winery is proud to present their first annual Nashville Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 7. Enjoy an exciting lineup of live music, unlimited tastings of 50+ different wines and exclusive City Winery house-made wines, delicious food & so much more. Their Pie Town neighbors, Tennessee Brew Works and Proper Sake Co., will be on-site serving samples, too. They’ll be closing down the entire outdoor space to feature a live music stage, grape-stomping stations, wine tastings, wine pong & more. Guests will be able to meet and chat with their Local Winemakers, Bill Anton and Michelle Foletta, enjoy tours of the fully-functioning urban winery, take a closer look at soil samples from the vineyards, and try award-winning wines from all over the world.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
Louisiana culinary roots draw from French, Spanish, African, Sicilian, Caribbean, Irish, German, and American Indian cultures. A little country comfort, a pinch of sophistication, and it's a recipe for some of the best food on the planet. Join in as eleven Louisiana chefs transport Music City diners to the Bayou State with inspired dinner menus at eleven Nashville restaurants. Participating downtown restaurants include Fin & Pearl, Marsh House, Mockingbird, The Southern, and Woolworth on 5th.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The Library's hit music series will wrap up another season! Bring a lunch to the courtyard and enjoy free music by top acts. Tuesday, October 9 features a performance by The WannaBeatles. They are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The White Album and "Yellow Submarine." Come hear a variety of Beatles favorites as well as a tribute to David Cassidy and hits from 1968. This is the final show in this annual concert series.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, NOON - 2 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $30 - $70
The annual Nashville Predators Face-off Luncheon as a part of the Cooper Steel Speaker Series returns. Join in for lunch with the head coach, general manager and players as you watch the players practice on the ice. Get behind the scenes access and info on the upcoming season and get your questions answered by the players themselves during the Q&A panel.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 7:15 PM
LOCATION: GARDENS OF BABYLON $15
Head to Gardens of Babylon for a Wednesday night hot yoga session inside the tropical greenhouse with YogaAB. Bring your own mat and breathe in the oxygenated air. All class attendees with leave with a $10-off coupon for the garden center.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER $25 - $150
Enter the world of Anne Frank as told by her stepsister and childhood friend, Eva Schloss. Like her stepsister, Eva went into hiding in Holland where she was captured and sent to the infamous Auschwitz death camp. As the Holocaust survivor community dwindles, Nashville has the rare opportunity to hear Eva's first-hand account as a Holocaust survivor. For more than 30 years, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to Holocaust education and global peace. She has recounted her wartime experiences in more than one thousand speaking engagements and has written two books. A special VIP experience is available, along with reserved and general admission seating and discount tickets for students and seniors.